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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – July

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. This event is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey.

I decided to do regular post for this  meme but not as a weekly meme, this will be a monthly meme. I want to keep my track on what I have been reading in a month and the possibility of what I will read next month.

Book I am currently reading is Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King

From goodreads:

Stephen King’s collection of five stories about ’60s kids reads like a novel. The best is “Low Men in Yellow Coats,” about Bobby Garfield of Harwich, Connecticut, who craves a Schwinn for his 11th birthday. But his widowed mom is impoverished, and so bitter that she barely loves him. Ted Brautigan turns the boy on to great books like Lord of the Flies. Unfortunately, Ted is being hunted by yellow-jacketed men–monsters from King’s Dark Tower novels who take over the shady part of town.

Vietnam is the otherworldly horror that haunts the remaining four stories.

In honor of Mr. King, I have written a post where I count down all his books I haven’t read. there are still 50 more books to read…I love his works and will try to read them all.

These are the books I have read throughout July

The Little Yokozuna by Wayne Shorey

The Little Yokozuna is a fantasy novel written for young adults. It tells the story of a group of American children who are mysteriously transported from an art museum s Japanese garden into a world where the myths, magic, and spirits of traditional Japan have come to life. Separated from their parents, and in a desperate race against time to save their youngest sister, they meet Kiyoshi-chan, a young Japanese boy who shares their love of American baseball. The children all join in a series of adventures involving Japanese gardens, time travel, sumo wrestling, and demon warriors.

The book has interesting story but some important facts are missing from the book and made me like it less than it supposed to be. My review is here.

The Secret of The Unicorn by Hergé

Reading this graphic  novel is my attempt to refresh my memory of this story before the movie comes out.

The Secret of Unicorn started with Tintin buying a replica ship for Captain Haddock. The second he paid for it, 2 men appeared and insisted on buying his ship. Tintin refused both men and took the ship home. Meanwhile at the same time, Dupond and Dupont (I decided to use this name as it is the names in the book I have just read) were in the middle of solving a pickpocket case. The case caused them several wallets because the thief found him as an easy target. This case will intertwine with Tintin’s case.

I shared the trailer of the upcoming movie in my review of this book.

I have failed to finished In Search of a Distant Voice by Taichi Yamada

A woman, who won’t reveal her identity, is trying to contact Kasama Tsuneo at a crisis point in his life. His arranged marriage is looming, and he’s seized by a strange emotional fit. All Tsuneo can do is desperately chase this woman, and the mystery behind what happened eight years earlier over the sea.

The summary in goodreads looks promising but I found it too boring, so  I stopped it in the middle as I have other books waiting for me.

These are books I am going to read in August

Every year during the Fasting Month, I have a special event: Annual One Piece Reread Event where I will reread every volume that had been published before August. The series has reached volume 58. Will talk about this event early August. One Piece is the best Manga I have ever read.

If you are interested, please join me and Mel U of The Reading Life in an event to honor Indonesian Independence Day in AUGUST

All you need to do is search for online Indonesian short story and review it in your blog…very simple, right? 🙂
I will write the introduction post along with some links of Short Story made by Indonesian author and where you can put your the link to your review on July 29 (Friday)

Have a nice reading-week everyone 🙂

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I actively maintained 2 blogs. My personal blog is about things that I love: Turtles, Books, Movies, Music, Larc en Ciel, Muse, Cillian Murphy, The Mighty Boosh and many more. I also help my 3 super cute turtles, Kroten, Papoe and Kurome, to maintain their own blog: http://kamekroten.wordpress.com

25 comments on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – July

  1. Leeswammes
    July 25, 2011

    Oh, it’s time for your One Piece re-reads? I remember that from last year. Good luck!

    I’ll see if I can join in with the Indonesian Short story read. Hope it’ll be a great success!

    • Novroz
      July 25, 2011

      Yes it is almost time for that 🙂
      There are 3 more volumes added from last reread.

      Hope you can join in, Judith…not sure about becoming a great success but I am happy enough if there is at least one who will join 🙂
      Funny thing is, Mel who is an Filipino was the one who did it first (thank you for the initiative Mel)

  2. I really wish that I could read King but I just cannot do it.

    At first, I didn’t think I had much for my Monday Review, but I stayed up way too last last night reading.

    • Novroz
      July 25, 2011

      Don’t force yourself Lisa 🙂
      I never read anything I don’t feel like reading it. Reading is after all about enjoying our self.

  3. Caroline
    July 25, 2011

    I’m very busy this month but I’m sure I squeeze in an Indonesian short story. Besdies I’m interested to read one.
    Duh… What a disappointment to hear Yamada was boring. It did sound so promising. Too bad.

    • Novroz
      July 25, 2011

      Short story wouldn’t take time to read, do squeeze your time, Caroline 😉
      I have found some interesting ones, one of them is about communism in Indonesia (it was back in 1960s).

      The idea was good but the execution was not good…in my opinion. Stranger is much better than the distance voice

  4. kelly
    July 25, 2011

    I found one! 😀

    • Novroz
      July 25, 2011

      Found one what?

      • kelly
        July 26, 2011

        A short story 😉

        • Novroz
          July 26, 2011

          Ahhh…the wink makes me curious, are you referring to my shorts? hehe

          • kelly
            July 27, 2011

            Lol 😮

  5. Hmmm … I love One Piece too though the recent chapters seems a bit off. But for me, the best manga I’ve read would be Fullmetal Alchemist …

    • Novroz
      July 25, 2011

      I haven’t read the recent chapters yet… I don’t like reading manga online, I will patiently wait till the manga is released unless something something happened like the day ace died.

      I haven’t read Fullmetal Alchemist yet, still waiting for the library to buy it. I can’t afford another long volumes manga.

  6. Sheila (Book Journey)
    July 25, 2011

    Hearts In Atlantas huh? I an thinking I seen that movie…

    • Novroz
      July 25, 2011

      Yeah it has been adapted to a movie with Anthony Hopkins in it. but I haven’t seen it yet

  7. DEZMOND
    July 25, 2011

    I’m finally finishing the translation of first four books of TRUE BLOOD saga, this August,so I’m hoping I will get some nicer books to work on after that from my publisher 🙂

    • Novroz
      July 25, 2011

      Hahaha…finally free from hell,glad to know that Dezz 😉
      Let me know your next project, ‘kay! I am really curious now. Maybe you’ll get twilight for a change 😆

  8. laurelrainsnow
    July 25, 2011

    Ooh, the Stephen King collection looks good. Enjoy all of your books. Thanks for visiting my blog…and to answer your question: Yes, that’s the very same Erin Brockovich from the Julia Roberts movie. Exciting, huh?

    • Novroz
      July 25, 2011

      Thank you for answering it here, Laurel.
      She sounds like an amazing woman.

  9. Uniflame
    July 25, 2011

    In search of a distant voice has such a pretty cover 🙂

    in reply to your comment: I actually already started in the Rainbow Troops for a bit 🙂 However for now I was drawn to other books more. I am a real mood reader, but I will get to it 🙂

    • Novroz
      July 25, 2011

      The cover and the blurb is my main reason for picking it from the library shelf 😉

      Hahaha…no worry Cynni 🙂 take your time

  10. Pussreboots
    July 26, 2011

    Yay for Tin Tin. The wackiest book I’m reading this week is Bagelmania. Please come see what else I’m reading.

    • Novroz
      July 26, 2011

      Yaii…is that mean you are also waiting for the movie? 😉

  11. Lissa
    July 26, 2011

    oh, it has been so long since i read ANYTHING, by stephen king, and longer since i read H.I.A. inspires me to go back and find something… =D

    • Novroz
      July 26, 2011

      Hi, Lissa…Glad to meet another SK fan 🙂

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